Review Procedure Hearings; Cancellation or Refusal of Insurance
[46 Pa.B. 6591]
[Saturday, October 15, 2016]
The following insureds have requested a hearing as authorized by the act of June 17, 1998 (P.L. 464, No. 68) (Act 68) in connection with the termination of the insureds' automobile insurance policy. Because the canceled insurance policy was a combination automobile/home-owners policy, these proceedings also are under the Unfair Insurance Practices Act (40 P.S. §§ 1171.1—1171.15). The hearing will be held in accordance with the requirements of Act 68; 1 Pa. Code Part II (relating to General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure); and 31 Pa. Code §§ 56.1—56.3 (relating to Special Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure). The administrative hearing will be held in the Insurance Department's regional office in Harrisburg, PA. Failure by the appellant to appear at the scheduled hearing may result in dismissal with prejudice.
The following hearing will be held in the Administrative Hearings Office, Capitol Associates Building, Room 200, 901 North Seventh Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102.
Appeal of Jeffrey Mermelstein and Lalita Woratha; File No. 16-116-201356; Westfield Insurance Company; Doc. No. P16-09-015; November 3, 2016, 10 a.m.
Parties may appear with or without counsel and offer relevant testimony and other relevant evidence, or both. Each party must bring documents, photographs, drawings, claims files, witnesses, and the like, necessary to support the party's case. A party intending to offer documents or photographs into evidence shall bring enough copies for the record and for each opposing party.
In some cases, the Insurance Commissioner (Commissioner) may order that the company reimburse an insured for the higher cost of replacement insurance coverage obtained while the appeal is pending. Reimbursement is available only when the insured is successful on appeal, and may not be ordered in all instances. If an insured wishes to seek reimbursement for the higher cost of replacement insurance, the insured must produce documentation at the hearing which will allow comparison of coverages and costs between the original policy and the replacement policy.
Following the hearing and receipt of the stenographic transcript, the Commissioner will issue a written order resolving the factual issues presented at the hearing and stating what remedial action, if any, is required. The Commissioner's Order will be sent to those persons participating in the hearing or their designated representatives. The Order of the Commissioner may be subject to judicial review by the Commonwealth Court.
Persons with a disability who wish to attend the previously-referenced administrative hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the hearing, should contact Donna R. Fleischauer, Human Resources Director at (717) 705-4194.
TERESA D. MILLER,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1787. Filed for public inspection October 14, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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